[News] 37 Palestinian Children Exiled From Their Homes In Jerusalem, 253 Under House Arrest

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Tue Jan 27 10:45:59 EST 2015

  Report: “37 Children Exiled From Their Homes In Jerusalem, 253 Under
  House Arrest”

author Tuesday January 27, 2015 12:24author by Saed Bannoura

Jerusalem Families Forced To Be Jailers of Their Own Children

    The Palestinian Committee of Detainees and Ex-Detainees has reported
    that Israel’s ongoing kidnappings of Palestinian children in
    occupied Jerusalem have led to more than 1500 abductions, since the
    beginning of 2014, while 37 children are currently not allowed back
    home, and 253 children are forced to live under house arrest.

The Head of the Census Department of the Palestinian Prisoners 
Committee, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, told the IMEMC that the abductions of 
the children all took place since the beginning of 2014, but the number 
of abductions escalated starting in July.

He said the latest abduction campaign carried out against Palestinian 
children is the biggest in many years.

The Committee reported that kidnapped children are sent to Israeli 
military courts, and are prosecuted as adults, while the courts 
continuously impose high fines on their families. In addition, the 
Israeli courts often force the children away from their homes for a 
certain period, accompanied by a parent or an older family member, while 
many are forced to remain under house arrest for extended periods.

The Committee confirmed that 37 children are currently under orders 
denying them access to their own neighborhoods and homes, and 253 more 
are currently living as prisoners in their own homes, under house arrest.

The courts force the families to sign affidavits to abide by the 
rulings, and if the child violates those agreements, the parents are 
themselves imprisoned or fined, and the child sent back to prison.

The Committee said this type of punishment turns the parents into 
jailers of their own children, thus turning the verdicts into compounded 
punishment against entire families.

Children who are forced to live under house arrest, or those exiled from 
their homes and neighborhoods, have to wear ankle monitors directly 
supervised by the Israeli Police, and the security forces.

The Prisoners’ Committee denounced the Israeli procedures and rulings 
against the children, and said such measures are direct violations of 
International Law and all related international conventions on the 
protection of children, especially the “Convention on the Rights of the 

On Monday January 26th, the Palestinian TV published a report about a 
child, identified as Ahmad Salhab, 15 years of age, who was forced to 
endure house arrest for eight months, followed by two months of exile 
from his family home in Jerusalem.

Salhab is allowed to go to school as long as a parent accompanies him 
there, and back home, in the morning and after school ends for the day.

He spent the two months of exile from his home at his aunt’s place in 
Jabal al-Mokabber in occupied Jerusalem.

“I cannot go to school on my own; I can’t be in the street without a 
parent; usually, my mother takes me to school, and my father brings me 
home,” Salhab told the Palestinian TV, “I am not allowed to leave home 
for any other reason, I can’t even go on a trip with my parents..."

Amjad Abu ‘Asab, head of the Detainees Parents Committee in Jerusalem, 
said the Israeli rulings and restrictions are impacting the children’s 
relations with their parents, who have to act like jailers at home, in 
order to avoid having their children imprisoned by Israel.

“These violations are causing various psychological issues to the 
children; many suffer from bladder incontinence due to psychological 
trauma,” he said, “The children become more isolated, more distanced 
from their families and friends. What Israel is doing is a well 
calculated policy to destroy the social fabric of our society.”


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3755 Children Kidnapped In Past Four Years, 1266 in 2014 Alone 

Palestinian Children Assaulted While in Israeli Custody 

Tariq Abu Khdeir Sentenced to House Arrest 

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